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Report: Ariz. provided food stamps to incarcerated, dead

PHOENIX — Arizona provided food stamps and welfare benefits to some people behind bars — and some who were dead — according to a new report.

April 30, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

New food-stamp rules could affect Arizona convenience stores

WASHINGTON — Convenience stores will have to start stocking a variety of “staple foods” alongside the snacks and fountain drinks if they want to keep accepting food stamps, under a little-noticed section of the farm bill.

February 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

How Arizona's members of Congress voted

Key votes ahead

February 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

How Arizona's members of Congress voted

Key votes ahead

January 31, 2014 4:37 pmLoading…
Volunteers canvass Tucson to measure homelessness

Volunteers canvass Tucson to measure homelessness

Kathy Blevins, who has been homeless for the past four years, has carefully set up her campsite on a floodplain in north Tucson. Under the canopy of an old saltcedar tree, her site is marked by a fence of wooden pallets, adorned with a fake flower and a “private property” sign. A dream catc…

January 24, 2014 4:00 pm Photos

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Heads of controversial defunct charity back with similar organization

A Tucson charity that shut down after an Arizona Daily Star investigation has re-emerged — but its questionable business practices haven’t changed, two homeless clients say.

December 15, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Food-stamp cuts start today

WASHINGTON — More than 1.1 million Arizonans who depend on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — better known as food stamps — will see their benefits reduced today in a long-planned national cut.

November 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Brewer orders DES to find $650,000 for family assistance

PHOENIX — Facing pressure by community groups and criticism from legislative Democrats, Gov. Jan Brewer agreed late Monday to have a state agency shuffle around $650,000 in its budget to cover welfare payments for 3,200 needy families through the end of the month.

October 08, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: We 'Ordinary Americans' deserve informed candidates

Fall brings several benchmarks: the pumpkin farm, my annual baking imperative, the inevitable hopeful excursion into nature that ends with sunburn and the realization that it really is still hot, even though we wish it weren’t so.

September 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Programs to end childhood hunger work — if the money's there

Kids have to eat before they can learn. It’s just common sense; cognition is a function of nutrition. The good news is we have the food programs to end childhood hunger, allowing them to more easily learn to read, write and do arithmetic that are keys to breaking out of poverty.

August 30, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Food-stamp programs work; cutting them is unimaginably stupid

Can I tell you a real success story? One we should all be proud of? Great, here goes: The program formerly known as food stamps has kept hunger from exploding along with the number of Americans living in poverty.

July 13, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Food stamp clients often eat bad stuff - but so do we all

The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

May 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Political notebook: Candidate eats quote over food stamps, animals

Political lesson of the week: Comparing poor people to wild animals is probably not a good idea.

July 22, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

GOP targets food stamps, federal pensions for cuts

WASHINGTON — Republicans controlling the House are targeting food stamps, federal employee pensions, tax breaks for illegal immigrants and subsidies under President Barack Obama’s health care law in a multifaceted drive to swap cuts to domestic programs for big Pentagon cuts scheduled next year.

April 18, 2012 8:58 amLoading…
Michigan lottery winner charged with welfare fraud

Michigan lottery winner charged with welfare fraud

LINCOLN PARK, Mich. — A Michigan lottery winner was charged with fraud Tuesday for collecting food stamps and public health insurance despite pocketing a $735,000 jackpot.

April 17, 2012 9:05 pmLoading…

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